Draft Amended By-Laws 2018







1. NAME: The name of the association is the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-operative Ltd.


2. OBJECTIVES: The objectives for which the co-operative is established are to carry on

on a co-operative basis:


To increase production and sales of locally produced food products.

Support environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices in our area.

Strengthen local food security and rural sustainability.

Encourage local production of a diverse range of food products.


including the acts and things set forth under Section 16 of the Co-operative Associations



PROVIDED THAT, if for any reason, the operations of the Co-operative are terminated

or wound up or are dissolved and there remains at that time, after satisfaction of all its

debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall be given and paid to some

other nonprofit organization in Canada having objects similar to those of the



PROVIDED THAT, the Co-operative shall be carried on without purpose of gain to the

members, and that any surplus, or any accretions of the Co-operative shall be used

solely for the purpose of the Co-operative, and the promotion of its objects.


PROVIDED THAT, no part of the income of the Co-operative shall be payable to or

otherwise available for the personal benefit of any member thereof.


PROVIDED THAT, the Directors and Officers who are Directors shall serve as such

without remuneration and shall not receive directly or indirectly any profit from their

positions as such:


PROVIDED THAT, a Director or Officer who is a Director may be paid reasonable

expenses incurred by him/her in the performance of his/her duties.


3. LIABILITY: The liability of the members is limited.




(a) The registered Office of the Co-operative shall be

            516 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, B0E 1B0

(street/911 address and postal code)


The mailing address if different shall be

            PO Box 849, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, B0E 1B0

(PO Box or other mailing address and postal code)


Telephone: (902) 577-3260 Fax: (902) Email: manager@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca


(b) The board may from time to time determine the place or places at which the

business of the co-operative shall be carried on.


5. THE SEAL: The seal of the Co-operative shall be such as to make a circular impression

having two circles between which are the words:

"Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-operative Ltd. "

(co-operative’s name)

and inside the inner circle the words, "Incorporated 2015 "


6. FINANCIAL YEAR: the financial year of the co-operative shall be the first day of

January to the last day of December.

(month) (month)


7. WITHDRAWALS: Members' applications to withdraw their membership shall

be made in writing to the board and shall be subject to a policy of the board of directors.


8. MEMBERSHIP: The Board shall determine the conditions of membership including the

requirements to pay equity in the form of fees or shares. Members shall withdraw or be

excluded from membership according to Section 29 and Regulations 4 and 6 of the

Co-operative Associations Act, and also if a member acts contrary to the best interests

of the Co-operative.


Types of Membership in the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-operative Ltd.:

·         Producer Member – An individual or business that sells food through the co-operative.

·         Consumer Member – An individual who purchases food through the co-operative.

·         Restaurant Member – A restaurant who purchases food through the co-operative for use at their business.

·         Retail Member – A retail establishment that purchases food through the co-operative for resale.

·         Organizational Member – An individual representing supporting organizations or local government.



(a) The annual meeting of the members shall be held within four months of the yearend.

Special meetings shall be held when called by the secretary as directed by the

directors, or by a written request of the members as per Section 5(2) or Regulation

17 of the Co-operative Associations Act. All meetings shall be at such place as the

directors or the Inspector may from time to time determine.


(b) A quorum of 25 members shall constitute a quorum at any annual general meeting or special membership meeting.  


(c) Notice of annual or special meetings shall be sent via email or mailed by post to members at least ten days prior to the meeting.




(a)  The board of directors shall consist of no less than five (5) directors and no more than ten (10) directors who shall be elected for a term of two (2) years and arranged so that no more than six (6) are elected each year. The maximum number of consecutive terms a director may serve is three (3).


                                  i.    The board of directors shall include a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) Consumer Members.


                                ii.    The board of directors shall include a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) Producer Members.

                               iii.    The board of directors shall include a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of two (2) Restaurant Members, Institutions or Retail Members.


                               iv.    At the annual general meeting the board will have the authority to appoint up to two (2) ex-officio non-voting members to serve on the board of directors for a two (2) year term. To be voting members of the board, they must be current members of the co-operative and be elected by the members.



(b) The directors shall meet as often as the business of the Co-operative may require

but not less than once per quarter.


A quorum shall consist of 40% of directors.


(c) If a vacancy occurs in the board of directors, the directors may appoint a member to

fill that vacancy until the next annual meeting when the members shall hold an election to complete the term of vacancy.


(d) Eligibility for election to the board of directors:

1. agrees with objectives of the cooperative;

2. accepts leadership position when requested;

3. supports the Co-operative wherever possible.

4. Is a member of the organization.

5. Willing to commit to contributing to the work of the co-op monthly.



(e) Dismissal of board member:

            1. If a member of the board is no longer able to perform their duties as a board member or they no longer meet the qualifications for being a director, they can be removed as described in Section 33(5) of the co-operative associations act.  



11. DUTIES OF OFFICERS: The board may appoint a president, secretary and other

officers who are responsible to the board. Their duties shall be specified by the board.




The membership fee is fifty dollars ($50.00), this is an annual fee. The membership fee is not refundable.


(b) Member loans may be issued. Interest rates shall be determined by the board of

directors, but shall not exceed 6% per annum.


(c) A general reserve shall be created by allocating 100% of the surplus each year to this purpose.





(a) The Co-operative is hereby authorized to borrow money from its members for specific

periods of time at specific rates of interest.


(b) The Co-operative is authorized to exercise all and every power to borrow money and to

secure payment thereof which is conferred upon it by the Nova Scotia Co-operative

Association Act, Chapter 98, Acts of 1989.


(c) The directors of the Co-operative may exercise all such powers and to all such acts and

things as may be exercised or done by the co-operative in respect of the borrowing of

money, and the provision of security for such borrowing, as has been delegated to the

directors by the co-operative.


(d) The directors of the Co-operative shall not, on behalf of the co-operative, authorize or

approve capital borrowings or the guarantee of capital borrowings in excess of a total of

Twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000 ) in a single fiscal year without having first obtained formal approval from a meeting of the members of the Co-operative by way of a special resolution.


14. CORPORATE INDEMNIFICATION: subject to the provisions of the (N.S.) Co-operative

Associations Act, every director and senior officer or his/her heirs, executors and

administrators, and estate and effects, respectively, shall at all times be indemnified and

saved harmless out of the funds of the Co-operative, from and against:


(a) all costs, charges and expenses whatever that such director or officer sustains or incurs

in or out of any action, suit or proceeding that is brought, commended or prosecuted

against the director or officer, for or in respect of any act, deed, matter or thing

whatever, made, done or permitted by the director or officer in or about the execution of

the duties of his/her office, and


(b) all other costs, charges and expenses that the director or officer sustains or incurs in or about or in relation to the affairs thereof.

The Backyard Scoop Issue 55: June 2018

Canada Day Menu!

Before this week’s order cycle closes at 2pm today, you’re able to get what you need in time for Canada Day and save yourself from last minute shopping.

Hosting your own BBQ or looking to show off local food at an annual potluck? Here are a few menu ideas with ingredients from your local producers.

Mini Lobster (or crab) Roll

Beef, Chicken or Pork Marinated w/ Beeriyaki

Grilled Asparagus w/ Bacon

  Truly Fresh Greens & Herbs Salad w/ Grilled Chicken

Toss finely chopped onions and garlic, fresh mixed greens, finely chopped herbs with dressing of olive oil, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.  Toss in your favorite grilled chicken. Top with micro-greens

Cowboy Candy Dip
Bean Dip

Rhubarb Pie, vanilla ice cream drizzled w/ Organic Blueberry Puree
Plate of shortbread cookies

The Perfect Canada Day Drink
Rhubarb Lemonade - Recipe

We hope you enjoy the long weekend and sharing fresh local food!

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We're Hiring Summer Students!

Are you passionate about the local food movement, creating social change and growing Cape Breton? Are you willing to work hard, make every hour count, and make a real difference this summer? If this sounds like you, please consider applying for one of the available summer student positions with the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op.

The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op is a multi-stakeholder non-profit co-op that uses an on-line marketplace format and a distribution chain to provide the linkage between consumers and businesses that produce food products in our region. To learn more, visit our website: www.capebretonfoodhub.com

Marketing and Communication Coordinator

Job Description: The Marketing and Communication Coordinator will be responsible to generate increased awareness through consumer relations, representing the Food Hub at community events and using social media and other technology-based platforms to promote the operation and improve processes.

Marketing Coordinator Job Duties:

·         Work with coordinator to create a marketing plan to increase Food Hub consumer members.

·         Work with partners to create community celebrations to elevate the agriculture sector and the Food Hub’s public profile.

·         Assist with organizing workshops as needed.

·         Written communication for newsletters.

·         Populate social media platforms.

·         Develop leads for a Corporate Sponsorship strategy.

·         Attend tradeshows, agricultural fairs and other events to promote the Food Hub.

·         Other duties as required.


·         Computer skills and proficiency in social media platforms.

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·         Strong time management and organizational skills.

·         Able to work independently.

·         Exceptional people skills.

·         Ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions.

·         Experience and education in marketing or related field strongly preferred.



·         $11/hour for 37.5 hours per week.

·          Total term is 8 weeks.

Please apply to manager@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca, no later than June 14th.




Quality Assurance and Outreach Coordinator

Job Description: The Quality Assurance and Outreach Coordinator will work directly with food producers who supply the Food Hub. This coordinator will provide support both pre-harvest and post-harvest to help producers develop quality assurance protocols to achieve production standards as required by the Food Hub. Training will be provided, but experience in food industries or agriculture an asset.

Quality Assurance and Outreach Coordinator Job Duties:

·         Position will require travel within Cape Breton.

·         Schedule farm visits and follow up support with producers.

·         Support producers with developing product quality and consistency.

·         Train farmers in proper boxing and shipping procedures required by Food Hub.

·         Act as a liaison between producers and the Food Hub.

·         Provide technical support for producers using Food Hub software.

·         Writing producer profiles and providing content for newsletters and social media.

·         Creating an evaluation framework for program.

·         Providing quality assurance monitoring at delivery locations.

·         Other duties as required.


·         Farm or gardening background preferred.

·         Requires manual labour.

·         Must be able to lift 30lbs.

·         Basic computer skills.

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·         Strong time management and organizational skills.

·         Able to work independently.

·         Exceptional people skills.

·         Ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions.

·         Experience and education in Agriculture, logistics or engineering a plus.   


·         $11/hour for 37.5 hours per week.

·         Total Term is 8 weeks.

Please apply to manager@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca, no later than June 14th.

Good Cheer, Food n' Blues!

We are having a Blues Concert and a la carte menu that will feature local food from various Cape Breton Restaurants.

Buck Tingley and the Galaxy 500's are a 4 piece Blues band hailing from Halifax, NS. They play a swinging style of Chicago blues. Great for twintin swinging or sitting back and enjoying a cold brew and a game of crib.

Inverness's own Matthew Fraser Band will be doing an opening set of rockin blues to get us started for the evening.

There will seven (or so) participating restaurants from Cape Breton that will be making up various dishes with local ingredients supplied by the Cape Breton Food Hub. 

Tickets are $20, $10 Students
Food is $10/plate
Each plate is one restaurant item with bread.
Ticket are available at Front Porch Farm

Proceeds from the event will go to the Cape Breton Food Hub.

Bite House - Seafood Chowder
Telegraph House - Crab Cakes & spring Greens
Little Rolling Bistro- Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Markland Resort - Lamb Curry
Periwinkle Cafe - Hearty vegetable salad (vegan)
Mermaid Mobile CB- Pulled Pork Mac n Cheese
Doug's Deli - Famous Beef Chilli
Celtic Country Market- Bread & Rolls

Ingredients from:
Blue Heron Farm - Gardiner Mines
Front Porch Farm - Margaree Forks
Glenryan Farm - South West Margaree
Katherine Farm - Roberta
North River Organics - North River
Rural Roots Farm - Margaree Forks
Thyme For Ewe Farm - Millville
Victoria Co-operative Fisheries - Neil's Harbour

Come Volunteer with Us!

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please complete a volunteer application or email admin@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca and we'll get right back to you! 

We are having a Volunteer Orientation & Training for new and returning distribution hub volunteers on May 29th in Sydney. Meet fellow volunteers and receive training in all the great things volunteers do on pick-up days. If you would like to volunteer in Richmond, Victoria or Inverness, we will be holding a training closer to you, so you don't have to make the trip.  We'll keep you posted!

The Backyard Scoop Issue 53: April 2018

Producer Gathering

On April 14th the Food Hub held a producer gathering at Blue Heron Farm for new and experienced producers. About 20 producers representing a dozen food businesses across Cape Breton gathered to discuss the coming year and tour the farm. 

The event was made extra delicious by our friends at The Mermaid who donated big fat cinnamon rolls, our dear friend and former board member Brett at Celtic Country Market who brought amazing squares, and Monique at Blue Heron who made us some gluten-free brownies to die for!

The next Food Hub producer tour will be held on May 27th at Pebble and Fern farm in Little Anse. Watch for details.

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 Julie, Maddy, Violet and Susie from Wild Willow Farm and Peter from Front Porch Farm tour Blue Heron Farm with Len

Julie, Maddy, Violet and Susie from Wild Willow Farm and Peter from Front Porch Farm tour Blue Heron Farm with Len

We're Hiring!

Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op

Office Administrator Job Description


Overview: The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op is an emerging non-profit organization that creates a linkage between food producers and consumers in Cape Breton by providing an on-line marketplace.

Our Vision: A healthy food economy that supports a growing diversity of producers on the land and the sea on Cape Breton Island.

Our Mission: The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-operative Ltd. will provide the leadership to ensure a responsive, efficient distribution linkage between local food producers and consumers at all levels. This will create a more sustainable food system and will increase the number of producers and their profitability and viability while improving access to high quality local food across the region.

Responsibilities: The Office Administrator will provide administrative supports to ensure that the Food Hub operations and staff are supported adequately. This position will require a high degree of organization and the ability to work on numerous tasks involving communication, day-to-day operations, filing and record keeping, basic bookkeeping, logistics, coordinating personnel, etc.

 Additional responsibilities include:

·         Maintaining excellent communication with co-op members, the general public, staff and volunteers.

·         Provide support to consumer members, volunteers and staff.

·         Quality control reports and procedures.

·         Basic work with software ordering management system.

·         Day-to-day office tasks such as filing, organizing tasks, meetings and calendars for senior staff, record-keeping, etc.

·         Basic bookkeeping, invoicing, accounts payable, payroll.

·         Writing as required for media releases, advertising and newsletters.

·         Ensuring that procedures are being followed in operations.

·         Training volunteers and new staff in operational procedures.

·         Special projects and events organizing as needed.

·         Some travel required.

·         Other duties as required.

Qualifications Required:

·         Over 5 years experience in office administration.

·         Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Power Point and Google Docs.

·         Basic Proficiency in on-line software applications, email and mailing software such as MailChimp.

·         Demonstrated passion for and understanding of the local food economy.

·         Basic Bookkeeping skills.

·         Experience managing volunteers and staff.

·         Experience working in the non-profit sector.

·         Exceptional ability to organize and multi-task.

·         Exceptional problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills.

·         Reliable transportation required.

·         Training in specific areas will be provided.

Location: One day per week in Baddeck office, other days in Sydney office.

Compensation: $16 per hour, 20 hours per week start to May 1st, 37.5 hours per week May 1st to December 31st, 2018. Free Food Hub Membership provided, fun work environment and opportunities for professional development.

Please Submit your resume by March 27th, 2018 to manager@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca. Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

How do you Food Hub? Summer Photo Contest

We all love ordering fresh & local ingredients from the Food Hub, but how do you use them when you get home? Between July 1st and July 28th, if you make a meal using Food Hub ingredients that looks and tastes great, we want you to snap a photo for our contest! Take your pictures and share on social media. Spread the word about delicious local food!

Here’s how to enter:
Facebook: Share photo using #mycbfoodhub and tag us @cbfoodhub
Instagram: Share photo using #mycbfoodhub and tag us @capebretonfoodhub
Twitter: Share photo using #mycbfoodhub and tag us @cblocalfoodhub
Email: Send photo to

Each photo counts as one entry into the contest, but feel free to share on all your social media accounts!

The winner will receive a $25 credit toward your purchase at the Food Hub.

Happy Eating!